USJC Board of Directors

Mr. James Higa

Mentor-in-Residence at Index Ventures

Mr. Higa has had a long and storied career in Silicon Valley. He reported directly to Steve Jobs at Apple, working to change the face of technology and entire industries. He was a member of the original Macintosh team. His work negotiating and launching iTunes changed music forever. He still has one foot in tech as Mentor in Residence at Index Ventures, whose investments include the likes of Dropbox, Slack, Facebook, and Skype. As Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, he aspires to make a dent in society’s most pressing problems through people, communities, and radical collaboration. His deep Japan connections include on-the-ground relief efforts during the 1995 Kobe and 2011 Tohoku disasters, USJC and TOMODACHI programs, launching Apple and NeXT Japan, and serving as advisor to UNIQLO and Lawson. Mr. Higa received his AB ’81 in Political Science from Stanford University. He has served on numerous boards including the Stanford Alumni Association, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford Libraries, and Recording Academy MusiCares.